direct wind
industry employees
€ 26 B
domestic sales
€ 1.5 B
tax revenue
Onshore wind industry is a significant pillar in the German economy
German wind installations are dropping
Wind Onshore installations have dropped significantly from 5.3 GW in 2017 to 2.4 GW in 2018 to 1.1 GW (2019) - the lowest level since 20 years.
Wind industry is threatened by job losses
>25% Jobs gefährdet An analysis by Prognos shows that if installations remain at 1 GW annually until 2030, 17,000 jobs will be lost in wind onshore industry. Tax revenue will decrease by € 400 Million. Furthermore, if job losses from other industries indirectly connected to the wind industry are accounted for, the number would double.
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Wind industry focuses on international markets
30% investieren nicht According to a survey conducted by the Mechanical Engineering Industry Association VDMA, 30% of the industry hold off on investments, 50% focus on markets abroad and 42% consider job adjustments.
The shortage in windfarm permits must be addressed
Installations have declined due to a lack of permits and political enthusiasm. To install a wind farm, an extensive application needs to handed in at the regional authorities. The approval process has been extended from 1 to 2 years since 2016. The government must address this shortage of permits to save wind industry in Germany. Effective measures have been proposed in a common action plan by energy, industry and nature protection associations.
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If expansion remains at a sustained low level, by 2030, far fewer people will be engaged in project planning and research, manufacturing, assembly and operation of wind turbines than today. [...] Over the years, the production and value creation structures that have grown in the cross-divisional sector could be destroyed and the acquired expertise devalued.

“The lack of legally compliant permits for wind energy projects causes damage to the industrial site. Germany is no longer a preferred production location and there’s already a shift to more attractive markets. Sufficient climate-neutral energy will determine location for other industries as well. We need a strong home market - and we need it now!”

Matthias Zelinger, Managing Director, VDMA Power Systems
“To be compliant with climate targets and energy transition in Germany, wind energy has to be included. We have to prevent a crisis similar to that of the solar industry a few years ago. As project developers, we are at the forefront of development, financing, construction and operation therefore we can quickly identify a downward trend. Due to the current situation, we can say that there is an urgent need for action. Politicians must implement measures in a timely manner to avert further damage to the industry.”

Michael Class, CEO, Juwi AG
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Beschäftigung und Wertschöpfung in der deutschen Onshore-Windindustrie 10 Punkte für den Ausbau der Windenergie Verbändebrief an BMWi zu Mindestabständen Arbeitsplan des BMWI - Stärkung des Ausbaus der Windenergie an Land Industrieschreiben an Bundeskanzleramt Akzeptanz-Umfrage der FA Wind